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INumber Number, Timbuktu and October 1 Lead 2015 AMAA Nominations

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – Africa’s most prestigious movie awards, recently unveiled nominees for the 11th edition at a splashy party in Los Angeles, California. The event scheduled to hold on September 26, 2015 is being held in South Africa, which is the first time the awards show will be hosted outside Nigeria since its inception.

Organizers of the show announced that the 2015 edition will hold the same week as the African cinema business round table and Africaone and promises to be a show stopper.

INumber Number, a South African action film leads the nominees with 12 nods including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor followed closely by Timbuktu, a 2014 French-Mauritanian drama film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako with 11 nominations. Timbuktu was also nominated in the Best Foreign Film category of the last Oscars, highlighting it as the lead contender in the race.

The highest nominated Nigerian film is Kunle Afolayan’s critically acclaimed October 1 with 8 nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

Stories of Our Lives ‘’Run’ – Kenya
Aisha’s Story – Nigeria
Gulped of the Blue Sea – Togo
Memoir of a Honest Voice- Sierra Leone
Twaaga – Burkina Faso

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

The Throne – Nigeria
Alternative to Corporal Punishment – Namibia
The Legacies of Rubbies – Nigeria
Akorkoli – Ghana

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

Egypt Modern Pharaohs ‘Nasser’ – Egypt
The Dream of Shahrazad – South Africa
Nelson Mandela, The Myth and Me- South Africa
Beats of The Antonov – Sudan
The Supreme Price – Nigeria/USA

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2014 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE

TIMBUKTU – Mauritania
Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia
Cheetanah – Nigeria
Juliet and Romeo- Burkina Faso
INumber Number – South Africa

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD

Gone Too Far – Nigeria/UK
Thorns of Roses (O Esphinho Da Rosa) – Guinea Bissau/Portugal
Fevers – France/Morocco
Affairs of the Heart – Nigeria/USA

inumber_number_posterAMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT

Sound of Tears- Canada
Hand to the Sky – USA
Calm – UK

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

Jimmy Goes to Nollywood- USA/HAITI
The Black Panthees vanguard of the Revolution – USA
Bound: Africans VS African Americans – USA
Black Panther Woman – Australia

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE

Under the Starry Sky – France
CRU – USA
Supremacy – USA

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

INumber Number- South Africa
October 1 – Nigeria
Le President- Cameroun
Run – Cote d’voire
Timbuktu – Mauritania

AMAA 2015 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

Dazzling Mirage- Nigeria
Run – Cote d’Voire
Njinga: Queen of Angola – Angola
October 1 – Nigeria
INumber Number – South Africa

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP

Run – Cote d’voire
Iyore – Nigeria
Silver Rain – Ghana
INumber Number – South Africa
Njinga: Queen of Angola – Angola

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

A Place in the Stars – Nigeria
Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia
Iyore – Nigeria
Njinga: Queen of Angola – Angola
Timbuktu – Mauritius

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT

Invasion 1897 – Nigeria
Kpians – Nigeria
Run – Cote d’Voire
INumber Number – South Africa
Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

Lobraz Khan – South Africa
Le President – Cameroun
Run – Cote d’Voire
Timbuktu – Mauritius
INumber Number – South Africa

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia
INumber Number – South Africa
Run – Cote d’voire
Lobraz Khan – Mauritius
Timbuktu – Mauritius

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

October 1
INumber umber
Triangle Going to America
Run
Timbuktu

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY

Le President
While You Slept
Timbuktu
Love or Something Like That
Run

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY FILM

30 Days in Atlanta
Iya Alalake
Last Three Digits

AMAA 2015- BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM

Invasion 1897
Dazzling Mirage
October 1
Iyore
A Place in the Stars

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR

Layla Walet Mohammed and Mehdi A.G Mohammed – Timbuktu
Joshua Ibrahim and Daniel Ibrahim- A Place in the Stars
STIGMA.

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR

Demola Adedoyin – October 1
Vinjeru Kamanga – BELLA
Kemi Lala Akindoju – Dazzling Mirage
Hassan Spike Insingoma -Boda Boda Thieves
Chiedza Mhende – Love the one You Love

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Israel Makoe – INumber Number
Paul Obazele – Iyore
Chumani Pan- Silver Rain
OC Ukeje – Love or Something Like That
Triangle
Going to America.

abderrahmane-sissakos-timbuktu

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Hilda Dokubo – Stigma
Toulou Kiki -Timbuktu
Reina Salicoulibaly- RUN
Prossy Rukundo – Boda Boda Thieves
Ama Amphofo – Devil in a Detail

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Tony Kroroge – Cold Harbour
Sdumo Matshali- INumber Number
Abdoul Kareem Konate – RUN
Sadiq Daba – October 1
Gerard Essomba- Le President

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Lesliana Pereira – NJINGA: Queen of Angola
Queen Nwokoye – Cheetenah
Aida Wang – Juliet and Romeo
Jocelyn Dumas –Silver Rain
Ini Edo – While You Slept

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR

Carey Mckenzie -Cold Harbour
Jenna Bass- Love the one you love
Destiny Ekeragha -Gone Too Far
Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera -Bella

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Theodros Teshome Kebede- Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia
Theo Nel – INumber Number
Abderrahmane Sissako – Timbuktu
Phillipe Lacote – Run
Kunle Afolayan – October 1

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FILM

Run – Cote d’Voire
Timbuktu – Mauritania
INumber Number – South Africa
Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia
October 1- Nigeria

Going through the nominees, I believe just about 10% of the non-Nigerian movies nominated premiered in Nigerian Cinemas. I also seriously doubt they are available in film retail stores for purchase. If this is the case in other African countries, then it becomes quite apparent that the African movie industry needs an upgrade in its movie distribution space.

It definitely would be nice to one day go through the AMAA nominations list and boast of having seen up to 50% of the nominated films…… and I don’t mean watching at film festivals or due to affiliation with film makers. This in my opinion will endear the general public more to the awards and pull more interest from not just individuals who either have a stake in the movie industry or are ardent fans of all things movie.

I look forward to trying to get my hands on some of them and the Awards show come September.

Who are you rooting for?

 

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